Officials: Driver fled from DPS for 40+ miles

Posted at 5:09 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 18:25:05-04

Troopers were led on a high-speed pursuit overnight after a driver took off from a traffic stop, traveling more than 40 miles around the Valley.

ABC15 was told that a trooper on southbound I-17 tried to stop a vehicle driving more than 100 miles per hour near Pinnacle Peak. 

Troopers pursued the car for a short time before officials chose to follow it via helicopter. The car was spotted near the airport, even reportedly traveling wrong-way around the airport at times. The driver was then seen on westbound Loop 202, exiting at Priest Drive into a neighborhood before getting back on the freeway at US-60. 

Officials spiked the tires of the vehicle and it eventually stopped. At that time, a male driver and female passenger were taken into custody. 

Intoxication did not appear to be a factor in the incident. 

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the driver was charged with criminal speed, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and felony flight. 

Stay with ABC15 for updates.